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FOREIGN NEWS: Mali lawmakers lose immunity over accusation of terrorism

LEGISREPORTS NG - Mali's parliament on Thursday stripped nine lawmakers off their immunity from prosecution, including others six suspected of terrorism and weapons and drug-trafficking as part of an armed rebel group. The six are said to have joined minority Tuareg separatist groups including the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, which controls the northern town of Kidal, and are the subject ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: Egypt’s chief justice sworn in as interim president

LEGISREPORTS NG - Adly Mansour, chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, was sworn in today as the nation’s interim president, taking over hours after the military ousted the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Mansour took the oath of office at the Nile-side Constitutional Court in a ceremony broadcast live on state television. According to military decree, Mansour will serve as Egypt’s interi ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: President Morsi overthrown in Egypt, Head of constitutional court named interim leader by military chief

The Egyptian army has overthrown President Mohamed Morsi, announcing a roadmap for the country’s political future that will be implemented by a national reconciliation committee. The head of Egypt's armed forces issued a declaration on Wednesday evening suspending the constitution and appointing the head of the constitutional court as interim head of state. In a televised broadcast, flanked by military lead ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: Egypt army deployed amid Cairo tension – BBC

he Egyptian military has moved into key sites in Cairo hours after its ultimatum passed for President Mohammed Morsi to resolve a political crisis. Tens of thousands of pro- and anti-Morsi protesters have gathered in areas of the capital, as Egyptians await a televised statement. Opposition figure Mohammed ElBaradei and religious leaders will make this statement, the state news agency said. Before the deadl ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: Swearing in for the Australian parliament – explained

On Monday the new cabinet of prime minister Kevin Rudd was sworn into office, after the leadership spill that deposed Julia Gillard prompted several key resignations. The 25 new ministers and parliamentary secretaries were sworn in by the governor general at Government House, Canberra. Australia’s first Muslim frontbencher said the attacks did not diminish the joy of his historic moment, telling the media h ...

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BREAKING NEWS: European Parliament back plans to push up carbon price

MEPs approve proposals to temporarily withhold auction of 900 million CO2 allowances in attempt to reduce glut in the market The European Parliament has approved plans designed to boost the EU's carbon market and drive green investment by tackling the glut of allowances that have sunk the price of CO2 to record lows this year. MEPs in Strasbourg today voted in favour of "backloading" proposals at a plenary ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: Uganda – Parliament adopts list for new committee chairpersons

Parliament has approved names for new committee chairpersons and members designated by party chief whips.   According to the list, the opposition retained Bugweri County MP Abdul Katuntu (FDC) and Busiro North MP Medard Ssegona (DP) on the legal and parliamentary affairs committee.   Betty Nambooze and Roland Mugume were also retained on the public service and local governments committee.   T ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: US Senate passes Immigration bill, Obama lauds move as a big step in ensuring reform

LEGISREPORTS NG - The United States Senate has passed the Immigration bill before it in line with realising a top comprehensive reform effort. The proponents of the bill got 68 votes, as against the 70 claimed. Two additional votes, however, would not have changed the fundamental problems now facing the House. Though the senate got 14 Republican votes, those votes still represent less than one-third of the ...

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FOREING NEWS: US Senate – Democrats seek increased spendings for domestic programs

LEGISREPORTS NG - Democrats of the United States Senate are pushing for increased spendings running into billions of dollars more than their House GOP rivals for domestic programs such as transportation and housing, despite tough budget limits that will otherwise cut down on such increases. Programs which will increase spending is intended to take care of include boosting bridge construction and stimulus-st ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: Process to pick Parliament speaker begins

[caption id="attachment_8532" align="alignright" width="350"] Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek is taking an active role for the efforts to produce the country’s new Constitution. DHA photo[/caption] As the two-year mandate of the current Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek will terminate on July 4, the election process for the country’s number two protocol is being launched today, which will also reshuffle the pol ...

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